Over the past year a large number of students from The British School of Kuwait (BSK) have been training, planning and preparing for their adventurous journey as part of the ‘Duke of Edinburgh International Award’. During the recent holidays a group of 53 BSK students and their teachers embarked from Kuwait airport to Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, to complete training and undertake a mountainous trek.
The trip consisted of a day of travel and preparation followed by two days trekking in the mountains, camping in the night between and a final day of team building skills and debrief.
Over the two trekking days students were expected to navigate 26km in mountainous terrain whilst carrying everything that they might need on the trip. This included tents, sleeping bags, first aid kits, clothes and all of the food that they would need as well as the stoves to cook it. No mean feat to carry this amount of kit and cover 13 kilometers a day but the preparations and training paid off and the adventurous journey was a resounding success.
These trips are no small undertaking for the students who so very rarely have the opportunity to experience such adventures. The trip also required the assistance of 9 members of the BSK staff who received training on how to navigate from a map and compass. This was the first trip abroad for this cohort who now look to complete the rest of the Bronze award before beginning the Silver award next year.
The students who completed the expedition were a credit to themselves, accepting new challenges and committing fully to the task. In doing so they found out more about themselves; their abilities; personal skills and leadership potential.